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DIY Cardboard Christmas Decorations with Old Postage Stamps

These DIY cardboard Christmas decorations are made by upcycling some of our Amazon packaging. I also thought it would be apt and fun to repurpose old postage stamps too. The postage stamps add colour and interest to the handmade cardboard ornaments.

I don’t know about you but, at this time of year, every week, Amazon delivers something to our home. I do recycle the cardboard boxes, but I also keep some back for crafting. In the past, I’ve made Christmas penguins, giant cardboard baubles, and a gingerbread house garland. This year I’ve made cardboard postage stamp ornaments for the tree.

Amazon cardboard box

Crafting with Postage Stamps

The decorations in my home are rather colourful. I’m very fond of rainbow crafts and decorations. Lucky for me, postage stamps come in an assortment of lovely colours. I’ve used them in the past, to upcycle mini jars, to make a rainbow of stamp tea lights.

I’ve also seen interesting collage artwork made from old stamps, like the stamp Union Jack pictures of Gary Hogben.

Stamps are also fun to sort by theme, such as flowers, animals, sports, transport and holidays for example. I’ve used Christmas postage stamps to make lovely gift tags before. My father is an ornithologist, so I just used stamps with birds on them for his gift tags.

For these DIY cardboard Christmas decorations, I have sorted the postage stamps by colour. I wanted to make a rainbow of Christmas ornaments.

This is a very affordable Christmas craft. You are likely to already have many of the materials. For the ornament shapes, I used Christmas cookie cutters. If you don’t have Christmas cookie cutters, don’t worry, you can still do this craft.

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What You Need To Make DIY Cardboard Christmas Decorations

  • Cardboard – I just used the packaging from a standard cardboard box. This was quite thick cardboard with corrugated paper sandwiched in between two sheets of card.
  • Newspaper for decoupage
  • Used postage stamps – I have a tin of old stamps that I have collected over the years. If you don’t have any, you can purchase bundles of stamps online cheaply from Amazon or eBay.
cookie cutter shapes

How To Make Postage Stamp Ornaments

1.. First, place the cookie cutter onto the cardboard and draw around it. For each DIY Christmas cardboard decoration, you will need two identical shapes.

Drawing around the cookie cutter shapes

2. Next, use a craft knife and cutting mat to cut out the cardboard shapes.

cutting out the cardboard shapes

3. Take one of the identical Christmas cardboard shapes and in the center, cut a small slit. Cut the slit, from the bottom to the center of the shape. Then with the other matching shape, cut a slit in the center. This time, from the top to the center of the ornament.

This will enable you to slot the two cardboard shapes together and make a 3D DIY Christmas cardboard decoration (see the pictures below).

3d cardboard Christmas ornaments

4. Even though these 3d cardboard Christmas ornaments are made with the thick card, they still need strengthening. To strengthen the ornaments, I paper mache them.

Cut newspaper into small strips and then cover the ornaments completely with them. Use a 50/50 mixture of Mod Podge and water to stick the newspaper to the cardboard. This water mixture will make the newspaper strips wetter and easier to stick around the curves and corners of the cardboard Christmas decorations.

paper maching cardboard Christmas ornaments

5. Next, using super glue add a bakers twine hanging loop to the top of each 3D cardboard ornament.

Gluing on the bakers twine.

Decoupaging With Postage Stamps

Once the Paper Mache on the Christmas ornaments has dried, they are ready to decoupage with the postage stamps.

6. First, sort your stamps into piles of similar colours. I used the colours of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet as my guide.

The stamps used had their paper backing removed. If your stamps are still attached to bits of paper envelopes, you will need to remove this paper. This can be done by soaking the stamps and their backing in cool water until they separate from the backing. Then leave them face down to dry.

Sorting postage stamps into colours

7. Next, I decoupaged each of the cookie-cutter cardboard ornaments with stamps of a similar colour. For example, the heart-shaped ornament was covered in stamps with a red hue and the bell-shaped ornament with green stamps.

Again I used a 50/50 mixture of Mod Podge and water to decoupage the stamps. This made them more flexible and easy to stick around the edges of the cardboard ornaments.

decoupaging with postage stamps

8. Finally, when the cardboard ornament has been fully covered in stamps, cover them in a layer in Mod Podge. This will harden the ornaments even more and provide a protective varnish.

Covering the cardboard ornament with protective Mod Podge
DIY Cardboard Christmas decorations heart
Repurposed packaging Christmas ornaments.

I’m not sure whether to hang these ornaments all together in a garland or individually around the Christmas tree.

I think the red heart-shaped Christmas ornament is my favourite. Hearts are a popular theme for Scandinavian Christmas decorations. The heart ornament will also double up as Valentine’s decoration.

Repurposed cardboard and Stamp Christmas ornaments
upcycled postage stamp Christmas decorations

These Christmas ornaments would also make lovely gift toppers and become a gift in themselves. They can be personalized by using stamps of your favourite countries or stamps with themes that mean something to you.

I think they would look great with the map themed Christmas decorations I have made in the past. These include map heart ornaments, map paper rosettes and repurposed road map ornaments.

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stamp ornaments
Red postage stamp heart ornament

You can see more of my recycled Christmas crafts on favecrafts.

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Beth

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

I love that you separated the stamps by color and created a rainbow of ornaments, Claire! Thanks for joining the Creative Crafts Linky Party!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Thank you, Beth. I do like a rainbow and have quite a few in my home.

Julie

Saturday 28th of November 2020

They are lovely, they'll be a feature at Handmade Monday this coming week. I have a friend who makes lovely greeting cards from old stamps so I usually give ours to her but I might have to keep some back! We do have plenty of boxes though, like millions of them. It's definitely an online Christmas this year and as everything seems to come in a separate box on a seperate day, cardboard is something we have an abundance of!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 30th of November 2020

Thank you, yes the boxes keep on arriving. I've got a few more ideas for Christmas decorations to make with them.

Marielle

Friday 27th of November 2020

What a cute idea for using recyclables! I like the heart one too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I'm visiting from the Friday Favorites linkup today. Have a great weekend!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Thank you so much. I love to make something out of all the cardboard packaging that arrives this time of year. Thank you for hosting.

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